Thorns Will Be Necessary: The Appeal of the Flawed Character

By Beth Ann Bauman, Spalding MFA Faculty, Writing for Children and Young Adults

One of my favorite TV shows is the HBO crime drama “The Night Of.”  It’s tough and gritty and co-written by the inimitable Richard Price.  I’m going to detour here and mention how at a New Yorker festival years back, I first met Price when he and another author gave talks about their writing. The first was affected and kept tinkling the ice in his glass in a soft, actorly way.  He was sort of full of it.  Price, on the other hand, bounded onto the stage when it was his turn, looking like he was wearing a pajama top.  He looked at us and said, “Hey, did you know there’s a really good bar across the street?”  Well, he had our attention.

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MUSIC AND LYRICS AT SPALDING, OH, MY!

By Katy Yocom, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Associate Program Director

First she participated in the MFA program’s musical theatre workshop. Then she wrote about it for MusicalWriters.com.

Guest Faculty Michael Roberts and Dramatic Writing Faculty Charlie Schulman

In this week’s blog post, we’re proud to highlight Donna Gay Anderson’s (PW ’18) fun and informative article. Take a look and find out why this Spring 2018 workshop was in such high demand … and how creative team Charlie Schulman and Michael Roberts work together like Fred and Ginger!

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MUSIC AND LYRICS AT SPALDING, OH, MY!
By Donna Gay Anderson

Enjoy!

Fun times at the Musical Theater Workshop – shown here are Charlie Schulman, Jennine “Doc” Krueger, Holly Baldwin, Donna Gay Anderson and Julia B. Rosenblatt.

Steal Away!

By Lesléa Newman, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry Faculty
Allen Ginsberg introducing Lesléa Newman at a poetry reading at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Peter Orlovsky, and Pat Donegan (1980)

“Good writers borrow. Great writers steal.”

I can’t remember who I stole that quote from. Which doesn’t make me a great writer necessarily. I am, however, a pretty good thief.

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My Role Model Is a Roll of Toilet Paper: Writing with Passion and the Limits of Machines

By Nancy McCabe, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction Faculty

Fall 2014 photo (1)

When my daughter was in sixth grade, she was assigned an essay proposing a new holiday honoring an under-recognized historical figure. She thought and thought about this, considering favorite writers, political figures, ordinary people. Continue reading “My Role Model Is a Roll of Toilet Paper: Writing with Passion and the Limits of Machines”

Leah Henderson, Middle-Grade and Picture Book Author, Joins the Spalding MFA Faculty

By Katy Yocom, Associate Director of Communications and Alumni Relations

Leah Henderson

I couldn’t be happier to announce that award-winning author and Spalding MFA alum Leah Henderson has joined the Spalding MFA faculty in Writing for Children & Young Adults.

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What My Undergraduate Creative Writing Students Taught Me

By Lynnell Edwards, Spalding MFA Associate Program Director

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For those interested in exploring the mysteries of the undergraduate creative writer, Lynnell will be leading the Teaching Seminar in both the Spring and Summer (Santiago) 2019 residencies.

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The old truism that we learn more from our students than they learn from us has been often, and perhaps to the point of cliché, argued. However, on my journey as a teacher of creative writing, there have been a handful of students who taught me things I needed to, but didn’t, know. Here are three memories of gratitude to those students.

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The Little MFA Dramatic Writing Program That Could – Part 1

By Charlie Schulman, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Dramatic Writing Faculty

This is the first of an ongoing series that will report and promote the accomplishments of Spalding University’s MFA Dramatic Writing alums and current students. In this edition we will be featuring four MFA Playwriting alums who are making contributions to the field by creating theater-making opportunities for themselves and others.

This is at the heart of the ethos of the Spalding program: the writer as provocateur who builds and sustains community while creating opportunity for themselves and others.

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So You’re Going to Chile… An Incomplete List of Writers to Know Part III: Poetry

By Jeremy Paden, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry (Translation) Faculty

While it is true that Chile has a long list of novelists worthy of attention, the literary truism about the nation is that “Chile is a country of poets.” Indeed, though not all the novelists start out as a poets, many do.

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 So You’re Going to Chile… An Incomplete List of Writers to Know Part II: Fiction

By Jeremy Paden, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry (Translation) Faculty

When considering fiction writers to recommend, the list is long and any attempt at exhaustiveness is impossible in such a short post. As I’ve already mentioned Ariel Dorfman and Isabel Allende in Part I of this series, I’ll move on to others.

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So You’re Going to Chile… An Incomplete List of Writers to Know Part 1: Memoir and Travel Writing

By Jeremy Paden, Spalding Low-Residency MFA Poetry (Translation) Faculty

Biblioteca Nacional de Chile (National Library of Chile in Santiago)

When readers and writers travel to another country, the question is always one of triaging the reading: what to read before, what to take with you? Do you, like Paul Theroux in Old Patagonian Express, take mostly reading unrelated to your travels, supplemented by a generically famous Latin American poet? Do you, like a historian friend of mine, refuse to read travel literature about the country you are visiting because you want to see the world with fresh eyes? If, instead, you are one who wants to read up on a country, where do you start? When considering the classics, do you focus on Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, the two Nobel Prize-winning poets from Chile? When considering contemporary writers, do you go with the recently deceased critical darling, the novelist Roberto Bolaño, or someone less well-celebrated?

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